Visiting ‘Ensemble P4’ to Perform at JJC Sept. 17

The Joliet Junior College Fine Arts Department invites the community to a concert featuring Ensemble P4, a group of two pianists and two percussionists, on Sept. 17 at noon in the Fine Arts Theatre on the Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet.

Ensemble P4 is comprised of (not in photo order) Kristie Born, Rose Shlyam Grace, Thad Anderson, and Marja Kerney.

Ensemble P4 is made up of professional faculty from several universities in Florida, including pianist Kristie Born of Stetson University; pianist Rose Shlyam Grace of Bethune-Cookman University and Daytona State College; percussionist Thad Anderson of the University of Central Florida; and percussionist Marja Kerney of Stetson University.

The group will perform works by Zach Browning, a composer and associate professor at the University of Illinois, and famous 20th century composer Béla Bartók. Audience members can enjoy fast-paced, upbeat music from the Brown pieces, and more romanticized, folk music from Bartók’s work.

For more information about the JJC Fine Arts Department, or the P4 Ensemble concert, visit, or call 815-280-2223.


About the Musicians

Kristie Born made her solo debut at age 16 with the Hollywood Philarmonic, performing Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto, after winning first prize in the Ruth Schmidt Piano Competition. She has performed in Kofu, Japan, Italy, Sweden, and Austria.

Rose Shlyam Grace, a Russian-born pianist, is vice president of the State Competitive Events for the FSMTA and has performed throughout the United States and at several music conferences, including the National MTNA Conference, National Flute Convention, and FSMTA Conferences.

Thad Anderson directs the Collide Contemporary Music Series at the University of Central Florida. He has performed at the Accidental Music Festival, the Victoria Bach Festival, Austin Chamber Music Center, Timucua Arts Foundation, Round Top Festival-Institute, Syracuse Society for New Music, and more.

Marja Kerney has performed as a pit percussionist for several musicals. She has also performed as a percussionist/timpanist with the Kansas City Symphony, Kansas City Ballet, Florida Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, Wichita Symphony, St. Joseph Symphony, West Shore Symphony, Midland Symphony, and Greater Lansing Symphony.

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